Rod Blagojevich’s wife appeals to President Trump to help her husband

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Trump also said he might commute the prison sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

"I don't know him other than that he was on The Apprentice for a short period of time", Trump said, referring his former reality TV show.

And in late May, Mr. Trump granted a full pardon to legendary boxer Jack Johnson, who was convicted and imprisoned for 10 months for a Mann Act violation in 1913. "And he said that 'I got to tell you man-to-man have you been screwed'".

Trump tweeted that D'Souza "was treated very unfairly by our government!" D'Souza had pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud.

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US President Donald Trump has told reporters he's considering a pardon of Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich. The career prosecutors and agents did their job.

He retweeted Trump's tweet about the forthcoming pardon but did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment sent to his media company, D'Souza Media.

Critics said the president was sending a message to people caught up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation, including his longtime private lawyer Michael Cohen, whose business dealings are separately under scrutiny in NY. His 2010 book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" was made into a film, "2016: Obama's America", which was popular with conservative groups. He resigned as president of King's College, a Manhattan Christian school, in 2012 amid reports he became engaged before divorcing his wife. He had been sharply critical of Obama, whose administration prosecuted him.

"I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids", he said at the time. He added, "I deeply regret my conduct".

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I was just in my office working away and the operator came on the line and asked "Is this Dinesh D'Souza?' 'Yes.' 'Hold the line for the President of the United States" and there was Trump. Then it was Scooter Libby. "But the possibility that he may also be sending a message to witnesses in a criminal investigation into his campaign is extremely unsafe", tweeted Sen.

Trump tells reporters that Blagojevich said something dumb but that "lots of politicians" do and thinks his sentence is excessive. "He's a Democrat, he's not in my party, but I thought he got treated unfairly".

Watch above, via Fox News. The White House announced later Thursday that the pardon had been granted. In his memoir, Comey wrote he agonized over charging Stewart but has since decided it was the right thing to do.

Hennessey said the only effect Trump faces is political accountability.

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Besides Mr. Bharara, there's James Comey, who prosecuted Ms. Stewart, and Patrick Fitzgerald, who prosecuted both Mr. Blagojevich and Mr. Libby, and is a friend of Mr. Comey's.
The move follows Trump's high-profile pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an anti-immigrant activist who was convicted for criminal contempt of court for refusing to stop alleged practices targeting Latino drivers and undocumented immigrants.